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Community event develops new plan

On Friday 4 March 2016, the Community Hall was busy with 30 residents and partner organisations hearing what had been achieved and building on these strengths for the next plan due in August this year.

Looking back

Jsan Shepherd outlined the many successes, with people sharing their own experiences of what has worked well and helped bring changes.

Here is Jsan’s full presentation:

BKH consultation event 2016 march

The youth club has engaged lots of young people through a range of activities and active support from workers. The young people said “There is always stuff on. It cheers you up after a bad day.” And “Since it started there are less people hanging around at the shops and it’s really helped the community.”

The Mobile Fli Park has also been a great success. Nick and AK, the organisers, described how “The feeling from kids and parents is really positive, coming together to have a great time and getting involved. It’s something to do and gets people out and getting more exercise.”

Hearing from the two Primary Schools showed how important it is to have people who no only have great ideas but who help make them happen. Mel Lawson and Rachel Crowther, the head teachers from Ladywood and Dallimore, described how the Passport Project follows the children through their journey and encourages activity in school, in the community like planting bulbs and at home. “The Haka day linked to the rugby world cup and they all went on the field and learnt it.” “The Camp out involved 60 year 6 children from both schools, sleeping in tents under the stars, learning bush craft, eating camp food – and worms. It was a very cold night but that did not stop them getting up very early. They loved the star gazing. Camp Dallywood had the children making new friends from across the two schools and we are excited about the next one.” One child summed up: “This has encouraged me to do anything.”

Big Kirk Hallam is also passionate about supporting people who may be isolated or with additional needs. Laura told us about Art at the HeART, supporting people’s wellbeing through 1-1 and group sessions with an artist. While numbers are low, the impact has been high. With one older person, “It helped give the family some lovely memories of her last years of life. With two others we saw a real change in their sense of what they could achieve and gave them more focus to their day.” One person said “You’ve given me a purpose to living and I don’t have the same suicidal thoughts as before.

The Children’s Savings Club is also growing, with one boy having been very pleased at having saved £100 to buy Lego that he wanted. The girls at Ladywood also are the bankers, collecting the money and passing it to staff.

The Community Chest goes from strength to strength, with a new round just open. The presentations are becoming stronger, with one group of girls coming and presenting to the panel themselves. Great stories include 120 students and the cyclo cross and Dallimore students taking part in Chines New Year Celebrations: “The children had an absolutely brilliant night. They were amazing, with Year 6 boys dancing with ribbons and street performing.”

Community events and celebrations continue to play a key part in the plan with Big Kirk Hallam supporting 4 of these and hoping to help establish the Summer Fun Festival on the calendar with its popular mix of football tournament, skate park, climbing wall, trampoline, medals, trophies and stalls.

Looking ahead

Big Kirk Hallam is proud of contributing to help make the area an even better place to live. Theft, robbery and anti-social behaviour is down. Community spirit and cohesion are up. One resident said of recent changes in Kirk Hallam that “It’s like someone has gone through and cleaned it all up.” But times are tough and getting tougher for many residents and as we look ahead, focus on quality of life remains central to our vision.

The plan for August 2016 – 18 will build on these successes and look to respond to new opportunities and challenges. Big Kirk Hallam hopes to find effective means to respond more to the needs of older residents, including through a dementia support programme coordinated by Community Concern Erewash. A food bank or co-op is also being explored given increasing levels of hardship. We are also exploring welcome signs as you drive into the area and flower beds. A Big Kirk Games is also being looked into, along with funding a youth shelter as part of the skatepark development which has the green light and funding secured.


community chest application form

Here is the application form for you for the Big Kirk Hallam community chest. We have an information session on 21 August at the college when you can find out more. There are grants for local groups and organisations and also awards for enterprising people.

Big Kirk Hallam Community Chest application form final 13.docx

8th Big Kirk Hallam steering group meeting June 2013

Here are the notes of the June Steering Group. The next one will be on 9 September 5.30 to 7pm at Kirk Hallam College and these are open to all.

At the June meeting key decisions are summarised below.

Some key actions from action plan updated 17 June 2013:

· Getting started agreement: Aidan to sign and return to Local Trust and pass a copy for the file to Hazel W; Aidan and Colin finalising financial processes for accessing money.

· Big events: Natalia has the T shirts and will link with Aidan to purchase remaining items from remaining budget of £280

· Natalia will devise a rota for the 7th July and circulate this. If you can’t make your slot then please arrange a swop and let Natalia know.

· Bill will draft agreement letter with groups we are funding and pass to Aidan and Colin for approval

· Aidan and Colin will send this to Lakes and Meadows, Fun day, Harvest Moon and Autumn Fair organisers for agreement, signing and releasing £500 to each group.

· Bill will draw up shortlist of logo ideas and drafted vision for community comment on 7 July.

· Colin, Hazel and Bill will consider comms plan for developing content and building a network

· College is typing up further contacts and Aidan and Nick will ensure new @bigkirkhallam email addresses are up and running and on the leaflet for printing and A4 version for email distribution

· Colin will distribute e-copies to our database. We also have hard copies going out to the bottom half of the estate for £20, led by Brian

· Colin and Hazel W will do further work on community profile by 8 July

· Bill will look at process for building detail of eventual delivery plan through small themed focused groups, ideally with lead organisation partner

· Natalia and Bill are leading the community chest training evening on Thurs 20 June

Big Kirk Hallam 8thSG 17 June 2013 notes.docx

7th Steering group meeting notes

Here are the notes of the May steering group meeting held at the college. These are open meetings held at the college between 5.30 and 7pm on the second Monday of every month. (We won’t be meeting in August.)

We had a full meeting.

· The group welcomed Peter Hamer and thanked him for the college’s role as our local trusted organisation.

· The group wanted to record with thanks Julie Brown’s vital contribution in getting us started and wishes her well as she moves on to other things.

· The group also thanked Brian and Hazel for the warm welcome and hospitality over our first meetings in getting started.

We discussed and agreed the steering group’s Terms of Reference and signed these.

The group elected Brian Cooper as Chair of Steering group.

We updated the Action plan, including signing off the first Big Kirk Hallam newsletter and the community chest information.

Big Kirk Hallam 7thSG 15 May 2013 notes.docx

Big Kirk Hallam News Issue 1 summer 2013

Here is our first newsletter from Big Kirk Hallam.

You’ll find in it a summary of what we have done so far, the emerging community priorities for action, how to apply for money from the Big Kirk Hallam community chest and Star People Awards, where to find us over the summer and how to keep in touch. We hope you enjoy it and please let us know what you think by emailing admin

Big Kirk Hallam A4 leaflet Summer 2013.pdf

Big Kirk Hallam community chest training report

And here it is!

We covered loads of stuff, including building agreement about the criteria we would look to use as a grant making panel, our understanding of what Big Kirk Hallam looks to achieve, our ability to support people to apply, our ability to make decisions and to do so fairly. The Big Kirk Hallam community chest will be launched on 7 July at the Lakes and Meadows event.

Big KH Community Chest training report June 13

6th Steering group meeting on 15 April 2013

Our focus was on reviewing the community meeting on 12 April and agreeing next steps through our action plan. We are drafting the Getting Started application for £20,000, with £10,000 toward running things and supporting events and £10,000 toward people doing things through a community chest. Three steering group members attended a resident Big Local event and reported that it was helpful to see the progress we are making and the creative ideas from elsewhere we can draw on, like Star People and building in evaluation as we go along.

Big Local Kirk Hallam 6th SG 15Ap13